Sen. Brian Kelsey steps down from Senate Education Committee chair following indictment

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 5:47 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee State Sen. Brian Kelsey is temporarily stepping down from his role as the Senate Education Committee Chairman.

“I am requesting a temporary suspension from chairing the education committee based on allegations of intent to violate campaign finance laws,” said Kelsey. “And colleagues, let me be clear. I am totally innocent and I look forward to clearing my name through the judicial process.”

The federal indictment alleges Kelsey conspired with others five years ago to violate campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful 2016 run for Congress .

In his address to fellow senators, Kelsey insists the contribution in question was legal.

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